When life gives you lemons

Once again in my little book of creative ideas, there has been one photo I’ve wanted to do for a while. There are three separate elements to the idea and so far I’ve only taken the first part.  The other two parts of the concept will be shot soon.  Of course, my little book (which I will show you one day soon) has heaps of ideas for photoshoots in it and one of those other ideas was to create a snow globe with someone trapped in it.  This turned out to be a case of killing two birds with one stone, though I didn’t realise it at the time.

Snow globes are a bit of an obsession with me.  I remember as a child thinking it was the most magical thing I’d ever seen.  To be able to simply shake the object and have a winter wonderland appear in front of your eyes was, to me anyway, sheer magic.  Of course if it was glitter in the globe instead of snow, my joy was beyond measure.  I’ve always loved bling.  I now collect snow globes and the magic has never worn off, though the mass manufacture of them has certainly wrecked their mystique to a large degree with poorer quality globes flooding the market.

My model Majella came around, ready to be painted.  The original concept for the project still to be completed called for someone to be painted with lemon slices on her face and fully decked out in yellow.  I won’t go into all the details I got for this shoot as a lot of the elements aren’t seen in these particular photos.  I ordered a cheap yellow wig from ebay plus a few cosmetics like fake eyelashes with yellow spots and  borrowed some face paint from my friend Dean at Dean Barford Art .  (worth a wander over to have a look at his amazing airbrushing work) I then set about turning Majella into the yellow princess. Okay, I’m very average at art and I’m sure Dean could have made them look more lemon than I did but I’m still pleased with how they turned out.

pearl dreaming

I was thrilled with the result and there were still so many fantastic shots other than the original concept photo.  One of them struck me as being perfect for the snow globe.  It wasn’t taken with that in mind but when I looked at it, I knew it would be perfect.  Not wanting everything to be yellow,  but needing a citrus palette that was complimentary to the slices of fruit painted on her face, I decided on orange and changed her hair, dress and make up in Photoshop.

Then the magic of putting her into a snow globe started.  I took a photo of my bookcase in my lounge room, then set to work on the snow globe itself.  Thankfully, there are a few really good tutorials out there on Youtube and so when I’d finished it, I was thrilled with the result.  But did it stop there? No, of course not.  I watched another tutorial that showed me how to animate the snow globe into a GIF file so I could watch the snow move.  I have to say, I was pretty pleased with myself, never having made a GIF before.  How exciting.. a snow globe you don’t even have to shake.


I’ll give you a brief rundown of the costs however I won’t include the other elements that you can’t see in these two photos.  When I complete the larger project, I’ll summarise it all then.  So the wig from ebay cost me $3.20, the dress cost $25 on gumtree and came new with tags still attached.  The jewellery I already owned and the cosmetics cost about $10.   All up the cost for this shoot was $38.20, one of my more expensive shoots.   Of course, all these props can be used again in other shoots with different accessories, so I felt quite comfortable with the price.

If you shop carefully and thoughtfully, using great props and costumes needn’t cost a fortune, making this style of photography more reasonable than people realise.  Of course I’d LOVE a huge budget for photoshoots but to be honest, I get as big a kick out of doing it on a shoestring budget and finding bargains as I do from doing the photography itself.  What can I say?  This girl loves a bargain. A huge thank you to Majella for being such a natural.


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